Zhilin Wang


Hometown: Beijing, China
Alma maters: Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (China), Yale University School of Music
Awards/competition prizes: Aldo Parisot Prize, 2016
Appearances: China Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2008–2012; EOS Repertory Orchestra, China, 2011–2012; Yale Philharmonia 2013 – 2016; Asian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong, 2009, 2011; Pacific Music Festival, Japan, 2010; Banff Chamber Music Residency, Canada, 2014; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, 2014; Morningside Music Bridge, Canada, 2008
Musical origins: I started learning the piano at 5, and the cello at 7. The sound character of the cello attracted me, and so I decided to learn cello.
How did you hear about TŌN? I heard about TŌN from my friends. This is one of the very few good orchestra programs in the US.
Favorite piece to play: Many. Any works that touch me
Favorite fact about your instrument: Although cello usually plays the bass in the orchestra, it actually can cover the whole range for violin too, so it is a very compatible solo instrument.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: It is a great language to express your emotional feelings.
Favorite non-classical musician or band: John Denver
Musical guilty pleasure: Country Music
Best album to have on repeat: The Wildlife Concert by John Denver
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Sports, movie, cooking
Last book read: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Favorite painting: Along the River During the Qingming Festival
Piece of advice for a young classical musician:
Music practice is not just your technical skills, but more about your taste.